Android 12 is the twelfth major release and the nineteenth version of Android, the mobile operating system created by the Open Handset Alliance, which is led by Google. On May 18, 2021, the first beta was released. Android 12 was made available to the public on October 4, 2021, via the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and was made available to compatible Google Pixel devices on October 19, 2021.
Google released Android 12L in October 2021, an intermediate release of Android 12 that includes enhancements for foldable phones, tablets, desktop-sized screens, and Chromebooks, as well as changes to the user interface to accommodate bigger screens. It is scheduled to debut in early 2022. Android 12L Developer Preview 1 was published in October 2021, with Beta 1 following in December 2021, Beta 2 in January 2022, and Beta 3 in February 2022. On March 7, 2022, the stable Android 12L was published for devices with big displays, and on the same date, “Android 12.1” was released for Pixel smartphones.
What does the letter L stand for?
According to our understanding, the “L” in Android 12L refers to “large-screen devices,” although Google has yet to confirm this.
What distinguishes 12L from Android 12?
Essentially, Android 12L may modify the layout of a device’s UI by repositioning the home screen, lock screen, notifications, Quick Settings, and other elements. A two-column layout that uses the whole screen will be displayed on any screen with 600 density-independent pixels (DP) or above.
Google stated in one example for Android 12L that the Quick Settings menu on a large-screen device could be pinned to the left side of the display, while the notifications panel could be pinned to the right, allowing you to utilize both at the same time without launching one app and closing another.
According to Google, the following three components distinguish Android 12L from the ordinary version of Android 12 that runs on smartphones:
Designed for large displays: The UI has been updated to make Android simpler to use on screens larger than 600sp.
Built for multitasking: A taskbar allows you to drag & drop a program into split-screen mode and transition between apps.
Improved compatibility: Visual and stability upgrades make all programs appear to be designed exclusively for large displays.
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Which devices are compatible with Android 12L?
Samsung, Lenovo, and Microsoft are the first device makers to commit to launching Android 12L, a new version of Android meant to be more suited for tablets and foldable devices. Andrei Popescu, Google’s VP of engineering for Android, confirmed the development in a blog post, stating that 12L will be available on handsets from the three businesses later this year.
Lenovo’s announcement comes as no surprise, given that its P12 Pro tablet can currently run a test version of Android 12L. It’s unclear which devices from the other two firms will receive the upgrade – likely Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2, while any number of Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets or Z Fold phones might benefit from the new software.
Android 12L has a number of improvements meant to make greater use of larger displays. A new notification shade splits fast tiles and notifications into distinct columns, a two-column layout for settings and the setup process, and a taskbar that allows you to pick programmes to run side by side.